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Man accused of attacking two women at Cleveland Jack Casino over food order

October 10, 2018

Man accused of attacking two women at Cleveland Jack Casino over food order

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man is accused of attacking two women at the Jack Cleveland Casino because he refused to wait for them to complete their food order two minutes before the casino’s kitchen closed.

Rashawn Austin, 39, is charged with felonious assault. He is not in police custody and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The fight happened about 4:30 a.m. Sept. 29. A 21-year-old woman suffered a broken wrist and injuries to her face, shoulder and hip. Her 21-year-old friend suffered injuries to her face, hand, ribs and neck, police said.

The two friends told police they were standing in line at a kiosk ordering food. An employee told the duo they needed to hurry up and order because the kitchen closed in two minutes, according to police reports.

Austin and a woman he was with became impatient while standing behind the two women, police reports say. Austin shoved one of the women out of the way, police reports say.

The 21-year-old woman said she turned Austin and said: “You don’t need to put your hands on me,” according to police.

Austin replied that he didn’t consider what he did to be “putting hands on,” police reports say. “But this is,” Austin said before attacking the women, according to police reports. 

Austin shoved the woman hard, causing the woman to fly “across the room,” police reports say.

The 21-year-old woman’s friend went to help her friend and Austin’s friend stepped in and started fighting. 

Austin grabbed the other 21-year-old woman, choked her with both hands, punched her in the face and threw her to the ground, police reports say.

Austin and his friend left, and he was not arrested at the time.

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